Finishes selected as admin building construction for WWTP Biogas Project nears completion

On a recent late-summer morning, the sounds of construction provided background noise for the quiet activity inside the CGRS Construction Services trailer: City of Longmont Waste Services Manager Charles Kamenides was picking out flooring covers, paint colors, tile, lockers, cabinets and countertops with Carol Vaughan, AIA, owner of Carol Vaughan Architecture + Design, and CGRS Construction Services Manager Eric Vaughan.

The building that will house the administration offices and fueling center for the City’s Biogas Treatment and Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) Fueling Station Project had exterior walls and its roof was nearly completed, and it was time to make decisions about its finishes. To meet Kamenides’ goal of creating a soothing environment for the crew that will work at or be based out of the site, he and Carol Vaughan selected colors and finishes that are calming as well as professional and durable, she said. Kamenides will have an office in the building, as well.

In recent weeks, progress on the site northwest of the Wastewater Treatment Plant has included:

  • Insulating the office area
  • Hanging ducts in the first floor office area and vehicle fueling bays
  • Installing electrical conduit, wire and plumbing in the office area
  • Installing the conduit between the Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) equipment and the building
  • Installing stairs in the office area
  • Pouring concrete for curbs, gutters and sidewalks
  • Completing the installation of gutters and downspouts/trim
  • Beginning installation of overhead doors
  • Preparing the parking lot area for asphalt paving
  • Installing duct work for vehicle fueling bay

On the WWTP site, where the biogas will be cleaned and treated, Murphy Mechanical hung the overhead gas pipe that will eventually run to the biogas treatment equipment, which is anticipated to arrive on site in November.

CGRS is on schedule to complete the project in late 2019/early 2020. Once put into use, the City of Longmont will have the ability to fuel 11 trash trucks in its fleet with RNG fuel converted from biogas, a byproduct of the wastewater-treatment process. It is estimated that the City will offset over 100,000 gallons of diesel fuel annually, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by about 1,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents per year — the equivalent of removing 200 cars from the road.